The Camino Preparation Guide. How to successfully prepare for a Camino (and avoid failure!)

The Camino to Santiago de Compostela: not a walk in the park

A successful Camino is a Camino you can finish. Long-distance walking is not like a walk in the park: think of it as walking the distances of half (or full) marathons every day, for weeks or months on end. If you plan to walk the Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, you need sensible preparation to tackle the 800 km (or 490 miles) that lie ahead of you.

If looking at shorter distances, preparation is still essential; blisters can develop from day one!

It might seem daunting at first to walk such such distances, but if you prepare well you will make it successfully.

For many it is therapeutic walking through fields and forests, over hills and mountains, breathing fresh air.

The author on the final section of the the Camino Frances in 2018.: Le Puy- Santiago, 1515 km. 

Preparation for a long-distance pilgrim path.

The best way to get Camino ready is to learn from those who have walked it. “Camino Ready. Backpacks, Boots and (no) Blisters” now in a second edition, is a practical guide written by a pilgrim who has walked the walk.

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“Camino Preparation Guide”

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Both books can be your camino preparation guides, full of practical information.

Mark O’Sullivan has walked 6 Caminos and chose nine key topics to form the backbone of “Camino Ready. Backpacks, Boots & (no) Blisters” preparation guide, based on hands-on experience. (see link below)

In themes ranging from training, footwear, walking poles, backpacks, clothing and essential aids. The book covers all basic and essential information you need to be “Camino Ready”.

The second edition was an additional chapter on “walking as a system” which provides insights into the controlled pattern of shock absorption that occurs as we walk and the smooth transition of forces taking place.


What to avoid 


What’s In The First Guide Book?

In addition to 9 topics outlined above, in the appendix there are two articles by fellow pilgrims who commented on an a draft of the first edition and suggested other topics to help people with their first Camino.

The first is on albergues,What to expect and how to manage”; the second is “all about bed bugs with a focus on avoiding them and, if it happens, how to treat the bites and avoid carrying them home!

Please note: I am not a doctor, pharmacist, physiotherapist, or podiatrist and don’t claim any medical knowledge. I am, however, offering my experiences so others may be well prepared and learn from my mistakes while walking thousands of kilometres under different conditions and over varied terrain.

 I did not know what “eco therapy” was until I experienced it: a sense of peace through being away from cities and immersed in nature. It is as though our genetic roots are being reawakened and we are reinvigorated.  

The newest guide book is called ” Camino Preparation Guide”and you can “look inside” on the Amazon page, by following the links below the image.      

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Written by Mark O’Sullivan